Krejci in Bruins lineup for opener vs. Lightning

Krejci in Bruins lineup for opener vs. Lightning
October 3, 2013, 12:45 pm
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Bruins center David Krejci made it through his second day of skating without his back flaring up, so the playmaking pivot will be in the lineup Thursday night for the season opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Claude Julien confirmed that Krejci would be in his customary spot centering Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla, and was sufficiently recovered from back spasms that knocked him out of Friday’s preseason finale in Saskatoon. That’s good for the Czech Republic center, who will be featuring the “A” as a newly elected alternate captain for the first time on Thursday night.

According to Marc Divver of the Providence Journal, the Bruins organization had actually held Ryan Spooner back from an AHL road trip to Newfoundland just in case No. 46 wouldn’t be able to play on Thursday night.

One player that is out of the lineup to start the season: Carl Soderberg. The Big Swede is on the injured reserve with a sprained ankle, and Jordan Caron will take his place on the third line left wing. Given the way the D-pairings came down the last couple of days, it also appears Matt Bartkowski may be the healthy scratch among the defensemen corps.

“It’s a long season with 82 games, so everybody will get a chance to play at some point,” said Claude Julien. “What we have is quality defensemen that we all feel are capable of playing at the NHL, and will do so as the season goes along.”

Tuukka Rask was first off the ice at morning skate and will get the start for the Bruins while Anders Lindback will be the starter between the pipes for the young and exciting Tampa Bay Lightning.

Here are the line combos and D-pairings based on morning skate:


Lucic-Krejci-Iginla
Marchand-Bergeron-Eriksson
Caron-Kelly-Smith
Paille-Campbell-Thornton


Chara-Boychuk
Seidenberg-Hamilton
Krug-McQuaid
Bartkowski


Rask
Johnson